After spending some time in Greece and later Spain, as a result of achieving scholarships from college, she has been drawing inspiration from the archaeological sites and buildings visited in these countries. Using elements from these she sets out to create a feeling of discovery in such a way that each work could be regarded as an exploration. She employs many different layers and textures in order to uncover an area of light which varies in size and intensity but is sometimes completely overshadowed by darker imagery. Even in the dark areas, however, colour may penetrate if only by implication and draw the viewer deeper into the picture.
Susie has a BA (Hons) and postgraduate Diploma in Drawing & Printmaking from Edinburgh College of Art. She won two scholarships to Athens School of Fine Art (1990) and to Seville School of Fine Art (1992) to study printmaking. In 2001 she gained a place on the CATS course (Creative and Technical Skills Programme) run by the Print Studio at Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions in Scotland, most recently at WASPS, Patriothall, Edinburgh (2012), MacNaughtans Bookshop, Edinburgh (2011), Society of Scottish Artists (2012),Visual Arts Scotland (2012), Andrew Grant Gallery (Edinburgh College of Art, 2011), Dundee Contemporary Arts (2002) and Meffan Gallery (2002). Her books and prints have also been exhibited abroad in India (2010) and the USA (2011).
Her work is in the collection of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh Fine Art Library and Edinburgh College of Art. She has taught Printmaking and Artist Books at Edinburgh College of Art for ten years and also teaches in adult education and schools in and around Edinburgh.